grinding


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grind \Grind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ground; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Grinding.] [AS. grindan; perh. akin to L. frendere to
   gnash, grind. Cf. Grist.]
   1. To reduce to powder by friction, as in a mill, or with the
      teeth; to crush into small fragments; to produce as by the
      action of millstones.
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            Take the millstones, and grind meal.  --Is. xivii.
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   2. To wear down, polish, or sharpen, by friction; to make
      smooth, sharp, or pointed; to whet, as a knife or drill;
      to rub against one another, as teeth, etc.
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   3. To oppress by severe exactions; to harass.
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            To grind the subject or defraud the prince.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   4. To study hard for examination; -- commonly used with away;
      as, to grind away at one's studies. [College Slang]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grinding \Grind"ing\, a. & n.
   from Grind.
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   Grinding frame, an English name for a cotton spinning
      machine.

   Grinding mill.
   (a) A mill for grinding grain.
   (b) A lapidary's lathe.
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